EU Ecolabel for Businesses
Why opt for the EU Ecolabel?
- The EU Ecolabel makes the customer’s choice in favour of your product easy. This holds true for business purchasers, as well as shoppers.
- It is recognised across Europe. This makes it easy for you to sell your products across the continent.
- It’s not an environmental label for industry by industry. The scheme involves certification as well as compliance checks by independent, qualified scientists, and is trusted by consumers.
- It is worth it. The EU Ecolabel adds value to your business and your products because it increases reputation, indicates corporate social responsibility and increases sales.
- The application process is simple, and can be done online. There are special discounts for SMEs, micro-enterprises and applicants from developing economies.
The application process in a nutshell
For a more detailed explanation of the process, discover more in the Apply for the EU Ecolabel section.
Step 1: Getting Started
- Check if Your Product is Eligible. You can apply for the EU Ecolabel if you are a producer, manufacturer, importer, service provider, wholesaler or retailer. Make sure your product or service is placed on the European Economic Area market (European Union + Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway) and comes under one of the product groups with existing criteria. Check the full criteria for your product group.
Step 2: Getting Advice
- Contact Your Competent Body. In each European Union Member State, a nationally appointed Competent Body evaluates applications to award the EU Ecolabel, and is available to provide technical support throughout the application process.
Step 3: Starting the application
- Begin the Application. This should be done online with the Ecat_admin tool.
Step 4: Collecting the Evidence
- Build Your Dossier. Depending on the product group, declarations, documents, data sheets and test results are needed to prove compliance with the EU Ecolabel criteria. The User Manual for each product group explains what you need to provide.
Step 5: Submitting the Application
- Complete the Application and Wait for the Assessment. The application should be submitted online and the complete dossier should be sent by post to the relevant Competent Body to be assessed. Your Competent Body will be able to provide you with specific information on the application, as well as details on annual fees.
Step 6: Ecolabel awarded
- Sign the contract. If your product meets the requirements, you just need to sign the contract for your product to be awarded the EU Ecolabel.
Step 7: Marketing your product with the EU Ecolabel
- Make the Best of Your Award. Take full advantage of the EU Ecolabel through advertising and communication.
There are already more than 37 000 EU Ecolabel products on the market.
Most people in Europe want to buy environmentally friendly products, and firms are realising and meeting this demand.
The EU Ecolabel is recognised across Europe. The certification is a reliable and scientifically verifiable way to let your customers know that your company is increasing its environmental sustainability by manufacturing products or providing services of good quality with reduced environmental impact. The EU Ecolabel makes your products stand out against your competitors. It adds real value to your business credentials and company image and most importantly, helps to boost your sales figures and minimise your costs. For example, EU Ecolabelled hotels have reported reduced spending on home care products and samples, and savings on water and energy use, which has tangible economic and environmental benefits.
The criteria have been developed to ensure that the 10% to 20% most environmentally friendly products currently on the market can meet them. While the EU Ecolabel award is a realistic goal for producers, it ensures good performance and reduced environmental impact for consumers.
Thousands of products have been awarded the EU Ecolabel. Lots of small and large companies have decided to apply for the EU Ecolabel.